Guided tour

Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

Activity provider: Madeiran Heritage

Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

Activity provider: Madeiran Heritage

From US$ 13.53 per person

Learn about the history of Funchal and Madeira on a guided walk through the city’s medieval center. Visit the farmer's market, the Campo Almirante Reis, the Fortress of St. James, and a number of other sites as your guide provides commentary.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 8 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a guided walk through the medieval center of Funchal
  • Hear about the history of Funchal and Madeira from your guide
  • Explore the city's medieval heart
Full description
Meet your guide at Jesuit's College of Funchal, Madeira University to begin this 2-hour guided walking tour of Funchal. Learn how the history of Madeira and Funchal shaped the city centre as you visit the most important points of interest. Travel down the 19th century public walkway between the Municipal Theatre and the Cathedral, where sugarcane was first planted in Madeira, during the 15th century. Explore the city’s medieval heart dating from the Golden Age of Sugar and discover the beautiful 17th century religious monuments. Visit the ruins of the old Pilory Square and other remnants from past floods and the area damaged by the Great Fire of Funchal in 1584. This tour helps to support students at the University of Madeira who are facing financial difficulties.  
Includes
  • Guided walking tour
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and beverages
  • Any personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Date

Meeting point

Jesuit´s College of Funchal, Madeira University, next to D'Oliveiras Madeira Wine.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Your walking tour will be guided by a former university student or European volunteer that is participating in the Erasmus+ program History Tellers project, developed at the University of Madeira. This project has an important solidarity component
  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes
  • The History Tellers tours are 2 hours long, starting at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, or 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday. They are available in Portuguese, English, French, German, and Spanish
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 896 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Service
    4.7/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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This was a very interesting and informative walk. Magda our guide was young and enthusiastic about being in Funchal. She made our walk very enjoyable and the fact that there were only four people on the tour helped to make it easier to move around the city with her. We visited several historical sites and it was well worth the money we paid. Thank you

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November 18, 2022

We had an excellent guide Marta who was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the history of Madeira and of Funchal itself. We were expecting a group tour so were pleasantly surprised to find it was just us and individual guides provided too for other couples as well. The tour length was good and we covered a good amount of the different areas.

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November 3, 2022

Katarzyna was an excellent guide! She was very knowledgeable and easy to understand! We loved that she was willing to change the plan a little here and there (like when we wanted to stop for a poncha!). We stayed in Old Town and this tour was a great way for us to get our bearings and really know the area. 10/10 would recommend to others!

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July 28, 2022

Product ID: 70346